Comic-Con 2013: Up Close Look at the Silver Samurai from ‘The Wolverine’

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The Wolverine Logan Samurai Sword Comic Con 2013: Up Close Look at the Silver Samurai from The Wolverine

Plenty of comic book movies are being promoted at the San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, but one of the biggest draws of this year’s convention is undoubtedly The Wolverine. The movie, which will play a role in Fox’s ambitious attempts to bridge the X-Men series together with X-Men: Days of Future Past, follows Logan’s travels in Japan and his clashes with important enemies from his past.

One of the baddies that Wolverine faces off against in the new film is Kenuichio Harada, better known as the Silver Samurai. Gifted with the ability to charge any object with tachyon energy, the Silver Samurai is one of Logan’s most notorious enemies and can cut through just about anything with his samurai sword (except for Adamantium, of course).

Traditionally, the Silver Samurai wore a suit based on traditional samurai armor. For The Wolverine, the outfit has gotten a bit of an upgrade. To give fans a look at the costume, Fox put the armor on display at Comic-Con. We snapped a few pictures, which you can check out below:


Comic Con 2013 Silver Samurai 280x170 Comic Con 2013: Up Close Look at the Silver Samurai from The Wolverine

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As can be seen in the trailers, and even more clearly in our pictures above, the Silver Samurai armor in The Wolverine owes much more to Iron Man than the traditional comic book version of the character. The suit, which was built by the Stan Winston School and Legacy Effects, makes for an imposing figure and something that could certainly give Logan a run for his money. That being said, it does look a little bit like a feudal Japanese version of RoboCop.

What do you think of the armor? Let us know in the comments section.

Check out the official synopsis for The Wolverine:

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.

The Wolverine is directed by James Mangold from a screenplay by Mark Bomback and Christopher McQuarrie. It stars Hugh Jackman, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Will Yun Lee, Brian Tee, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Rila Fukushima.


The Wolverine hits theaters July 26th, 2013. X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters on July 18th, 2014.

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  1. Oh my god… I hate it.

    • +1

      Since when is Silver Samurai a mech?

      • I may be wrong, but don’t the previews show TWO silver samurai? Maybe (hopefully) only one is a mech…Cuz this is just awful

        • @cranium7, In the trailer, the Samurai in normal armor you see fighting Wolverine isn’t Silver Samurai. That man (not mutant) you are seeing is Silver Samurai’s father, Shingen Yashida. He’s head of the Yashida family crime syndicate and wields the Muramasa Blade.

      • Well Fox always gets two things wrong with every one they get right so we shouldnt be surprised.

        • The Silver Samurai Mech Suit is very minor. Tbh he was never even in the original Wolverine Vol.1 story. So IMO, I think they can do what they want with him.

          However the only disappointment I’ll have from this movie is if Asano isn’t in the movie at all. He is a key player toward the turning point in the Wolverine Vol.1 story. Yes, he’s some what a minor character but bcuz of him, Wolverine makes some personality changes and secret discoveries of who his said “allies” really are.

  2. The only part of this movie I’m not excited for.

  3. Wish it was the actual character from the comic…I hope the casting of an actual person turns out to be true.

  4. Looks awesome!

  5. Looks like garbage. Can’t say I’m surprised, I mean it is Fox still making these.
    Lol at those holding out hope that this would be a decent Wolverine movie. Did you not see the X-Men films? Or do people not know anything about the characters?

  6. on imdb there is someone cast as silver samurai, fingers crossed its just a mech and that mangold hasnt done a shane black

  7. Not a fan of this. Was hoping for a really cool swordfight and I’m not sure this huge Iron Man armor can deliver anything other than Hulk smash-type attacks. I’ll hold out to see if they have a good story reason to do this, but I can’t think of any off the top of my head.

    • Guaranteed there will be a scene with it chasing wolverine through somewhere while clumsily crashing into and breaking everything in sight. Looks like we wont get anything near a cool swordfight.

  8. Although I do wish for something more faithful to the comics, that silver samurai (robotic?) armor is undeniably cool.

    • Wolverine’s claws + large gaps in armor = 10 second victory. You do see the gaps right?
      What about the exposed joints? Hell, a good handful of sand and that POS is locking right up.

      Compare to Iron Man armor, and you will see it for the chrome Christmas ornament that it is. It was only done so they could cash in on the collectible market. This is FOX, remember. The people that think Fringe is compelling, plausible, and an instant classic (aka IQ somewhere between low and really low).

  9. I kind of a have a feeling that the “Mech” isn’t Silver Samurai but the Vadhaka from the Wolverine Anime. I remember seeing a blue print in the movie trailer and that could a blue print designed by Kenuichio Harada the Silver Samurai. Bcuz the actor who portrays him, Will Yun Lee, looks fine in the trailer.

    However I can be wrong and it very well be a Mech suit.

    From reading Wolverine Vol.1, I really like how they integrated Viper into the movie. In the comic, they never explained how they made the healing factor poison. Viper is the perfect fill in to have made it bcuz of the ties she shares with the Silver Samurai.

    It’s better that way bcuz Silver Samurai wasn’t even in the original story in the 1st place.

    Yukio seems perfect and that ninja fight scene in the snow is straight out of the comic. Can’t wait for this!

  10. Seeing this (first time in the trailer) killed my interest for this movie.

    I was SO hoping for a way more intimate, just people versus people, maybe with one mutant power, versus each other. Character based action etc.

    Instead we get robosamurai, le SIGH.

  11. WTF? I am disappointed. Fox will never learn.

  12. I am disappointed. Fox will never learn.

  13. this would have been cool… maybe in iron man….

  14. Nothing I’ve seen so far eases my mind for this movie,or for the rest of the x verse. All Ive heard are wishes and dreams, in theory it all sounds great, but I’ve been burnt three times, by the x films. Gods, I hope I’m wrong and this isn’t another crap fest

    • …/gets out the blowtorch……come over here Loco

  15. The Cylon Samurai

    • +1000

      • Epic!

  16. Guys, he isn’t going to wear the armor for most of the movie. Most of the time he’ll be in a regular outfit fighting Wolverine. He’s the guy that fought him on that train we saw in the trailer.

  17. Reel Steel 2?

  18. WTF Silver Samuria is not a Mech but a mutant who can teleport and cause blades to absorb energy to cut threw anything. I would have loved to see the real Silver Samuria this looks like garbage.

  19. Since they are clearly pulling ideas from everywhere I do not see why there is so much shock about the Samurai Droid.

    And even if it is supposed to be some crazy, updated version of Silver Samurai let’s not pretend. that people who do not follow the comics even know the character that well.

    Nothing was said when they made Deathstrike into a brain-washed mutant Wolverine clone.

  20. …/tries at act shocked……oh lookie Fox fked up yet ANOTHER of Marvel’s characters. This ranks right up there with their perverted version of Deadpool as the worst adaption ever.

  21. Mangold promises that The Wolverine will be “deeper and darker” than the last flop. Too bad he was just ‘selling the story’. This is pure fluff compared to even the poor showings of MoS and Iron Man 3. Fox has screwed us again, and hopefully most will read a few reviews before rushing out to see this. There are point in this installment, where you will catch yourself thinking that the first might not have been so bad after all.

    If I only had $1B I would take Marvel away from Fox once and for all. Ah, well. Let’s hope that Joss is doing a better job with Agents of Shield…

    • One Billion? You’re trying to be reasonable in a one sided negotiation. Fox has something Marvel wants and is not all that interested in selling it so you can rest assured Fox would ask a LOT more than just the gross earnings of IM3.

  22. One of the film’s obvious shortcomings. I’ve heard from a lot of reviews that the movie is really good until the third act, where we see this robot in action along with other things. It seems like Mangold started the movie well, but didn’t know how to end it.

  23. Why do they feel they have to fix what’s not broken. It’s kind of arrogant. Like, “Tarzan was cool but what if we put him the Himalayas and say he was raised by Yeti. Why?

  24. SON OF A… God if this movie is as bad as this travesty looks I hope people aren’t as ignorant as they were with IM3. I know some people say that it’s better to have three studios having Marvel properties, but if this is what I’m expected to swallow, along with everything after X2, I’ll gladly deal with the loss of one more cbm every couple of years